How many have signed up for Obamacare depends on who you ask

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Rand reports on the number of Obamacare sign-ups just days before open enrollment ended.

Obamacare by the numbers, here's what Rand reports.

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A new report from the Rand Corporation says that over 9 million Americans have obtained health insurance for the first time under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

According to the report, the majority of those who obtained coverage did not purchase it through the online exchanges available on the Obamacare website at HealthCare.gov, but instead signed up through an employer.

Rand claims that 8.2 million have obtained health insurance from employers since September, which is more than the 7 million who previously never had any health insurance.

As stated in the report, among the 40.7 million without health insurance in 2013, 14.5 million obtained coverage and 5.2 million lost coverage, resulting in a net total of about 9.3 million who now have health insurance. The report also states that only around one million people lost their private health insurance plans, while another 2 million lost coverage through their employer.

The report is just one of several that are trying to figure out the impact of Obamacare on health insurance premiums across the United States, as the sweeping legislation was supposed to begin overhauling the nation's healthcare system by making insurance available to more Americans, most of whom have employer-sponsored plans — and the federal law requires more companies to offer health insurance to their employees.

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Consistent with the Rand Report are a couple of other reports released recently, which reveal that the number of people without health insurance has dropped by approximately 15 percent over the last few months.

The White House administration claims that over 7 million have signed up for health insurance through the online exchanges, while Rand reports a significantly lower number of 3.6 million — however, they note that the lower figure does not include those who may have signed up in the final days before open enrollment ended on March 31.

Meanwhile, Rand reports in its blog that a total of 3.9 million Americans have enrolled in marketplace plans, but only 1.4 million of them did not have any previous health insurance.

Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation tweeted a message stating that, in addition to the Rand report, Gallup and Urban also report that the number of individuals without health insurance is declining since the federal law went into effect.

"Now we can debate why and by how much," he added.

SOURCE: Rand Corporation, The RAND Blog: Survey Estimates Net Gain of 9.3 Million American Adults with Health Insurance, April 8, 2014

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